iMovie - An hour for File/Import screen to appear

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by sigamy, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    I'm running latest version of Lion and iMovie 11 (9.0.6, I think) on my i5 21" iMac with 12GB RAM. For the past few months I've had an issue with iMovie being very unstable. It sometimes crashes in the middle of working. The bigger problem is importing video from SD cards or from a folder on hard disk. I click File, Import and then I wait--sometimes it takes over an hour for the file chooser window to appear.

    Same thing with importing from SD cards. The window will appear but I get spinning beachball and any where from 20 minutes to hours later I can finally select the clips I want to import.

    I've been shooting video in iFrame format on my panny TM900 just so that I can have quick import with no conversion! That is all lost due to this issue.

    So far I have:

    Taken iMac to Apple Store, they did archive and install. Worked fine for two days, then problem came back.

    Created a new user account, used that for iMovie, that worked fine for few days.

    Deleted prefs, fixed permissions.

    I'm about ready to try a clean install of Lion, provided that I can redownload the installer package.

    Does anyone have any ideas what could be causing these incredibly slow import times?
  2. xStep macrumors 68000

    Jan 28, 2003
    Less lost in L.A.
    That is definitely a weird problem. Frankly, I'm puzzled.

    I'd check two things to see if I could glean any information.

    First I'd run Disk Utility in the Applications/Utilities folder and see what the S.M.A.R.T. Status says. You do that by selecting the Disk in the left panel. The status should say Verified. I'd then select the drive name and click on Verify Disk in the lower left. I doubt it is a permissions problem given that the process eventually works.

    Next I'd run Console in the Utilities folder and check the logs for a time frame that you have the problem at.

    I'd also consider deleting and reinstalling iMovie before considering re-installing OS X.

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